Guide to the Joseph Ashby Porter Papers, 1962-1995

Collection Overview

Collection spans the dates from 1962-1995, and consists of early notebooks containing the manuscript draft of published novel, Eelgrass; typescript of unpublished novella, Let's Hide Our Eyes Then; and a number of periodicals containing Porter's short fiction. Also includes published copy of Eelgrass.

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Collection Details

Collection Number
Joseph Ashby Porter papers
Porter, Joseph Ashby, 1942-
2 Linear Feet, 42 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

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Certain restrictions apply to patron wishing to use this collection: published works may be photocopied; the draft of the unpublished novel Let's Hide Our Eyes Then, may not be photocopied; however, up to 10% of any other item, including literary manuscripts, drafts, and proofs of published works may be photocopied. Any further extensive photocopying, or photocopying from materials other than listed above, or phocopying for any purposes other than private research and study will require the donor's permission.

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Contents of the Collection

Periodicals, 1962-1995

Collection of 31 periodicals containing writings by Joe Ashby Porter. For a listing of periodicals and which works they contain, see Porter's curriculum vitaein the Collection Control File.

Box 1
Drafts, c. 1970- c.1973

Collection of nine composition notebooks containing the draft of Porter's novel, Eelgrass. First seven notebooks contain chapters in order, while last two contain material to be inserted later.

Box 2
Typescripts, c. 1970.

Typescript of unpublished novella, Let's Hide Our Eyes Then.

Box 2
Printed Materials,1973.

One copy of published novel, Eelgrass.

Box 2

Historical Note


Date Event(s)
1942, July 21 Born in Kentucky.
1964 B.A., Harvard University
1964-1965 Fulbright grant, Pembroke College, Oxford.
1966 M.A., University of California, Berkeley.
1973 Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley.
1970-1973 Assistant professor of English, University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
1976-1977 Assistant professor of English, University of Baltimore, Baltimore, Md.
1977 Published novel, Eelgrass, New Directions Press.
1977-1978 Assistant professor of English, Shoreline Community College, Seattle, Wash.
1978-1980 Assistant professor of English, Murray State University, Murray, Ky.
1979 Published The Drama of Speech Acts: Shakespeare's Lancastrian Tetralogy, University of California Press.
1980- Assistant professor of English, Duke University.
1983 Published The Kentucky Stories, Johns Hopkins University Press.
1984 Pulitzer Prize Nomination for The Kentucky Stories.
1989 Published Shakespeare's Mercutio: His History and Drama, University of North Carolina Press.
1990 Published Lithuania: Short Stories, Johns Hopkins Univ. Press.
1995 Resident Aliens, a forthcoming novel, New Amsterdam Press.

Joe Ashby Porter is a writer and is a member of the English Department faculty at Duke University. He also has lived in England, North Africa, and France. He has written several novels and scholarly studies, and has contributed many short stories and articles to periodicals and journals, includingAntaeus, South Atlantic Review, Occident, Minnesota Review, Triquarterly, andSun and Moon. His short fiction has also been anthologized in Contemporary American Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, and New Directions: An International Anthology.

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The papers of Joseph Ashby Porter (1942- ) were given as a gift to the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1995 by Joseph Ashby Porter, a faculty member of the English Department at Duke.

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Processed by: Paula Jeannet

Completed December 7, 1995

Encoded by Stephen Douglas Miller